Cardi B: Akuapem Poloo’s three-month jail term harsh

Cardi B, the popular Internet celebrity says Akuapem Poloo could have been given a non custodial sentence instead of going to jail

American rapper, Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, known professionally as Cardi B, has lashed out at the judge who sentenced Ghanaian actress, Akuapem Poloo, to three months in jail.

Rosemond Alade Brown is to spend the next three months behind bars for posting her nude photos with her son on social media. Poloo was convicted of publication of obscene materials and two counts of engaging in domestic violence.

She pleaded guilty to all three charges and was convicted on her own plea by the court presided over by Christina Cann.

Reacting to the news, the American songwriter who had a brief encounter with Akuapem Poloo when she visited Ghana during the Year of Return, said the sentence was “a bit harsh.”

Cardi B said the judge could have opted for “social media probation or community service” as punishment for the actress instead of the custodial sentence.

COVID-19 test

Meanwhile, Akuapem Poloo is waiting for her COVID-19 test result before beginning her jail life at the Ankaful Prisons in Cape Coast.

According to her lawyer, Andrews Kudzo Vortia, the result is expected to be ready by Monday 19 April 2021.

The case

The facts as narrated by the prosecution, led by Chief Inspector Agartha Asantewaa, were that the complainant, Bright K. Appiah, director of Child Rights International Ghana, had petitioned the director-general of CID about a nude photo posted on Instagram by Akwapem Poloo that had gone viral.

On 30 June last year, the prosecution said Rosemond celebrated her son’s seventh birthday and she took her nude pictures together with her son who was also half-naked and posted same on her Instagram page which went viral on social media.

The pictures attracted comments, adding that the behaviour of the accused person was likely to detract from the dignity of her seven-year-old son among others.

The prosecution said the complainant petitioned the director-general CID and the matter was referred to the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU).

Rosemond, the prosecution said, was arrested and in her caution statement, admitted posting the nude picture with her son unintentionally.

A write up accompanying the picture read: “I am naked in front of you because this is how naked I was giving birth to you, so in case you find me lying somewhere don’t pass by but see me as your mom who brought you to life.”

The prosecution held that Rosemond deliberately posted the nude picture together with her son.

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